Stars: Lily Collins, Alex Sharp, Carrie Preston, Keanu Reeves, Lili Taylor, Liana Liberato, Brooke Smith, Leslie Bibb, Kathryn Prescott, Ciara Bravo, Lindsey McDowell, Maya Eshet, Retta.
Director: Marti Noxon
Screenplay: Marti Noxon
It's not the content that brings this film down, its how all the pieces were brought together that never allow for anything other than telling the story not being the story. However Lily Collins was a perfect casting choice as she at least portrays with woman with depth even if the script never allows us into her head. The worst scripting and casting decision belongs to the character of Luke (Alex Sharp), he is distracting and the lack of chemistry takes away from the journey we are supposed to be on with Ellen. His reactions towards Ellen takes his character from annoying to unhealthy that should have been taken out of the film or expanded upon, not this Lizzie McGuire in between.
But what is important is the message that this film expresses...eventually. However it is realistic. Rarely does the person with Anorexia or an eating disorder have the choice in their own recovery. The concerned family members are so exhausted with you that they force you into a choice you didn't decide, you are sent off to professionals as it becomes too difficult for the family to watch you slowly kill yourself with no improvement.
For all the attention this film got, it doesn't really deserve it. The quality is not there from a filmic perspective but that was not really the point of the film. The point is that there are millions of people who suffer this disease who can't see a way out with a family behind them at a loss of how to help without alienating their loved one. An after school special, or rather an after school netflix special that will actually make it to the viewers who need to see if most.